Michalek will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Michalek sustained the injury in Thursday's game against Buffalo, but he still managed to log 17:15 of ice time in the loss. The savvy veteran has had trouble with injuries, as he was traded to the Leafs in early February with the club knowing he was dealing with a fractured finger. With the Leafs having been eliminated from playoff contention for some time, he has plenty of time to get over this latest ailment for 2016-17. Replacing Michalek on the roster is Frederik Gauthier, who reportedly was called up from the minors Saturday.
Michalek suffered an undisclosed injury in Thursday's 4-1 loss in Buffalo, Dhiren Mahiban of The Canadian Press reports. It's unclear when the injury occurred, but it appears as though Michalek will miss out on Saturday's contest with Detroit through the injury. The report notes that Michalek will be evaluated Friday and that a recall is expected for Saturday's game. Michalek has missed two separate stretches of the season with finger injuries to this point, so this current injury may be related.
Michalek handed out two power-play assists Thursday in a 6-5 overtime win against the Ducks. He's been thriving in a weird way over the course of Boston's current homestand, racking up five points despite putting only three shots on goal in the last five games. That pair of primary helpers represent Michalek's first assists with the man advantage all season. A two-time 60-point man earlier in his career, the Czech veteran is currently thin on fantasy value outside deep formats despite a spike in ice time over the last two games.
Michalek overcame a finger injury and made his Leafs debut Monday against the Sabres, picking up four hits and two PIM in 12:43 of ice time, including 1:32 on the man advantage. Last month, Michalek was involved in a nine-player swap that resulted in defenseman Dion Phaneuf ending up with the Senators. A fractured finger had kept Michalek out until Monday, but he was quite active in the limited time that he was on the ice. Still, there's not much fantasy appeal with Michalek, as he's been moved from the eighth-ranked offense in Ottawa to a Toronto team that averages just 2.31 goals per game, 29th in the league.
Michalek indicated Sunday that he's "ready to go," for Monday's contest against the Sabres, the Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reports. Michalek hasn't played since breaking his finger Jan. 27, and will be in new colors when he takes the ice. The veteran has seen a dip in scoring this season (10 points in 32 games), and moving to a bad Maple Leafs squad probably won't help his case. However, he will remain a top-six forward, so the winger could still be an option in daily contests and deep season-long leagues.
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